Boyce Tankersley
Tue, 20 Jan 2004 13:35:27 PST
Dear All:

A quick note on the variability of Galanthus in the wild. During a trip to the Republic of Georgia we drove up into the greater Caucasus Mountains while waiting for our CITES and phytosanitary permits, etc. to be obtained in Tbilisi. It was one of those whirlwind driving tours although we did stop periodically for photo opportunities and to stretch our legs. At one of these stops we walked towards the snowline and came across a field of Galanthus latifolius with seed pods in the lower elevations, full bloom a little higher up, and then emerging foliage as we got closer to the snowline. Over half of the population had yellow markings (not green) and one of the plants had flower parts in 4's (not 3's).

I would expect wide genetic variation in cultivated plantings. After all, the odds of hybridization taking place between different genotypes is enhanced in gardens with extensive collections. What I wasn't prepared for was the wide variation in the wild populations.

Is this typical with other wild populations of Galanthus?

Boyce Tankersley

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Smyth []
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2004 1:30 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Snowdrops

"I found 'yellow' snowdrops in 2002 and 2003 by doing this.
Here is last year's…. The group have now
been moved to two gardens in case something happens to the whole group." 

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